PAEDIATRICS AND OBSTETRICS FOR PARAMEDICS

PAR3POP

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will consider a range of medical and emergency care conditions relating to the following specific areas: gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics. Pre-hospital emergency management of patients, in these patient populations, will be discussed and applied to simulated case presentations. Emphasis will be placed on reflective, evidence-based practice and decision-making, and problem-solving skills needed to manage these population groups. Students will also combine theoretical knowledge, with practical skills, to effectively manage acute emergency gynaecological presentations, both normal and abnormal labour and birth processes, and the most common illnesses and injuries in the paediatric population.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNathan Ross

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3COS & PAR3IPP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Individually, and as part of a team, use appropriate language and communication aides to communicate effectively with gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patients. You will be able to: (a) Implement appropriate approaches to patient communication, empathy and rapport during the clinical management of gynaecology, obstetric and paedatric patients, and critique the effectiveness of your approach following implementation in simulated scenarios. (b) Describe and demonstrate the use of age-sensitive communication tools to obtain a paediatric patient history and clinical picture. (c) Use appropriate language and communication micro and macro-skills to present thorough explanations that are appropriately targeted to gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patients.

Activities:
Scenarios and roleplay.

02. You will be able to assess gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patients in a variety of simulated settings: (a) Implement effective systematic patient assessment procedures, and justify and revise these procedures dependent on patient presentation; (b) Compare and contrast various methods of assessment, given specific patient presentations, and implement the most appropriate technique for a range of simulated cases, (c) Identify and use current theoretical knowledge and evidence-based techniques, to conduct a thorough patient history, and combine this with clinical observations to formulate suspected diagnoses; (d) Complete a range of comprehensive clinical assessments, whilst time-pressured, by effectively delegating tasks to others and prioritising patient needs.

Activities:
Simulated case studies and scenarios. Whole of class case studies.

03. Individually, and as a part of a team, judge and justify your assessment of a patient's condition using a paramedic decision-making process. You will be able to: (a) Identify and describe the physiological changes that occur in the gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patient; (b) Provide an appropriate rationale for modification of clinical management in select patient population groups; (c) Compare and contrast the pre-hospital management of patient conditions specific to gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patient presentations; (d) Draw conclusions as to the severity of a patient's condition, as a result of clinical findings and history of the event, and formulate a number of alternate management pathways based on these findings.

Activities:
Scenarios. Written case studies.

04. You will be able to: (a) Determine the time criticality of gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patients, given their clinical presentation, and identify the most effective treatment pathway based on your determinations; (b) Appraise the need for additional support services, when planning the management of patients, and provide a logically sequenced and thorough patient handover to simulated support service staff; (c) Combine technical skills and theoretical knowledge of clinical procedures when managing gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patients requiring pre-hospital care, and utilise peers to critically appraise your performance following simulated case scenarios;

Activities:
Scenarios, skills stations, roleplay and case studies.

05. Individually, and as part of a team, monitor and alter management of patients presenting from gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric population groups. You will be able to: (a) Describe the importance of patient reassessment and trend recognition in gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patients and correctly and efficiently implement modified assessment regimes for these patients; (b) Use a combination of your theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and current evidence-based standards to appropriate manage and monitor patients presenting these patient groups; (c) Identify changes in gynaecology, obstetric and paediatric patient presentations, in a timely manner, and predict outcomes based on these changes.

Activities:
Scenarios, skills stations, roleplay and case studies.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNathan Ross

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 15
One 3.0 hours problem based learning per week from week 10 to week 15 and delivered via online.
"Students will study an online module during teaching weeks 10-15. Approximately 3 hours per week will be required, at the student's discretion."

Lecture
One 1.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1-hour written exam.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 30-minute individual practical exam (equiv to 3,000 words).Exam will be a clinical skills and medical case simulation.35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Written submission profiling a major illness or injury.15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05